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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Central L.A
Mexican
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An iconic 'Mexican American' institution in LA!

This is my city...the City of Angels. I was raised on Mexican food. My father could not have built his company without the help of Hispanics; who he always gave credit for his success. Some of my best memories are around the holidays where we used to have large employee gatherings that included... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
CheersToLife
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
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Fanwood, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge. I went with a bunch of colleagues. We all liked our table which was in the back room. Our food was delicious! And the signature guacamole was to die for. And the drinks were generous and awesome. Service was great, too! Highly recommended!

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Upland, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Observed the clientele and see why the reviews are so good, sadly they would not know real or authentic Mexican food😔 Don't get me wrong, the food is ok and edible however the infamous restaurant disappoints me yet again and the margarita's are not worth the $$$ not even a tingle after 3 margaritas😔😔 The service was good though😃

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Palm Springs, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This long-time establishment is still going strong after so many years. The atmosphere is still there and the food is consistent. There is plenty of Valet parking as well as on the street. I ordered chili rellanos expecting an traditional chili stuffed with cheese. Instead, I got a round cheese patty with some chili chopped into it...not what I expected.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My coworkers and I go here every time I travel to LA. It is one of our favorite places to eat. The food is excellent, I would consider it to be some of the bext Mexican food that I have eaten. I ordered the enchiladas (chicken and beef) and they were excellent

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is my city...the City of Angels. I was raised on Mexican food. My father could not have built his company without the help of Hispanics; who he always gave credit for his success. Some of my best memories are around the holidays where we used to have large employee gatherings that included authentic Mexican food EVERYWHERE! I still dream... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is the one Mexican Restaurant I go to every time I am in LA - why? - Because in my opinion it is truly great! The staff the history of the restaurant and the location - very original!

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Lancaster, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Delicious, Authentic Mexican food, large portions, free homemade chips and salsa and great customer service and the best margaritas. This restaurant will easily become your family favorite. and if your single it is a great place for dating , they have a cozy bar with fresh tasty drinks and patio area on the other side. Try it you wont regret... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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112 reviews 112 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

We first ate here in the 1960's and it still generates warmth just walking in the door. Little change in the menu. Valet parking a must. Just sit with a classic margarita and soak up the history. El Cholo reassures me that life goes on.

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Downey, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I have only been here once but the food and service were great! If you're looking for authentic Mexican food this is the place. You will not be disappointed! Oh, don't forget to try the margaritas. They are amazing!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The atmosphere is lively and fun Food was great , very tasty and the service was good . Great Margaritas However the restaurant was soooo cold . We had to keep our coats and other customers did the same We did ask for AC to be turned off several times but this request wasnt granted !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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